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Departmental Seminar
April 26, 2018

Satellite Measurements of Chemical, Meteorological and Climate Variables


Bruce Doddridge
NASA/Langley Research Center
Abstract:  

The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) emphasizes an end-to-end approach for small and medium flight and sub-orbital projects where technology development; mission formulation and implementation; calibration and validation activities; and data analyses are carried out with the goal of deriving scientific information from space-based and sub-orbital observations for decision support. This work includes scientific leadership in space-based missions; technology development; laboratory, surface, on-orbit (satellite and ISS) and sub-orbital (research aircraft) measurements; research and analyses projects; atmospheric science data stewardship; applied sciences research in developing decision support tools; and education and outreach activities, all in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). The LaRC Science Directorate strengths include Earth observation, interdisciplinary research, Earth system modeling, data processing systems, and advanced technology development, with an overall focus on atmospheric science, atmospheric composition and climate. The Directorate also provides significant support to the SMD Applied Sciences program, particularly in areas of air quality management, energy forecasting, aviation safety and earth science disaster response. In the context of observing the Anthropocene from space this presentation will review the current and future portfolios of on-orbit and sub-orbital missions and research & analysis projects in some of NASA Langley’s key strength areas: measuring and characterizing atmospheric composition, including descriptions of space-based assets, airborne field campaigns, and small satellite concepts.